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Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

Tiger softball 1-3 to start season -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

Tigers look for better pitching in 2015 -2/12/2015, 10:14 AM

Shox roll to win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

Kansas State rally again falls short at W. Virginia -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

FHSU wrestling rolls to dual win -2/12/2015, 10:04 AM

2015 Eight-Man All-Star rosters -2/11/2015, 11:54 AM

Indiana State backcourt thrives with new characters -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Scott City rolls over TMP -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Jayhawks cruise past Texas Tech -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Kansas State braces for Mountaineers' full-court press -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Salina Central outlasts Hays High -2/11/2015, 10:24 AM

Tigers' Lehman earns seventh MIAA honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

FHSU's Samac earns MIAA men's honor -2/9/2015, 1:56 PM

KBCA rankings, Feb. 9 -2/9/2015, 1:47 PM

Big day for Plainville grad Dani Winters -2/9/2015, 11:24 AM

Cowboys' Forte plays through flu -2/9/2015, 10:17 AM

At KU, Smith played on scout team -2/9/2015, 10:16 AM

North Carolina coaching icon Dean Smith dies at 83 -2/8/2015, 5:19 PM

Wichita State easily beats weakened Missouri State -2/8/2015, 4:52 PM

FHSU men hold off Hornets -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

TMP's Rhoades third in Phillipsburg -2/8/2015, 8:58 PM

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Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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FHSU softball takes two from Rockhurst

Published on -2/23/2014, 8:32 PM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

cnicholl@dailynews.net

The Fort Hays State University softball team, ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, was scheduled to play at Rockhurst (Mo.) University on Friday before traveling to the University of Minnesota-Duluth tournament today and Monday. Instead, Rockhurst's field wasn't playable and the doubleheader was moved to Tiger Stadium.

After FHSU played host to a NCAA Division II Tournament regional last spring, the stadium received new grandstand bleachers.

"They are so awesome, and I think it kind of motivates the fans, too, to come out, and that's always nice," sophomore designated player Tori Beltz said. "We are excited to fill them a little bit later in the season."

FHSU started slowly, and the first contest was 0-0 after 3.5 innings. Then, head coach Erin Kinberger delivered a pep talk to her squad on the third base line before the bottom of the fourth.

The Tigers quickly scored two runs after the talk, and won Game 1, 9-0, in six innings because of the eight-run mercy rule. In Game 2, FHSU delivered a 6-4 victory.

"Got to get those first home game nerves out," Kinberger said. "Kids are excited. Got to learn how to control that excitement and be productive with it. I was talking to them about not pressing, just staying relaxed, doing their part, being them, just not trying to do too much."

Fort Hays ended last season 47-12 and No. 16 nationally after the best season in school annals. This spring, the Tigers opened outside of the rankings and didn't receive a single vote. After a 5-1 record at the Arkansas 8-State Classic last week, FHSU vaulted to a tie at No. 14 with St. Mary's (Texas), the biggest one-week jump in the polls.

"It has its ups and downs," sophomore second baseman Courtney Dobson said of the rankings. "We have to play our ball no matter -- what whether we are ranked or not ranked."

FHSU (7-1) delivered victories the same way it won last weekend: Strong in all three phases, contributions up and down the roster, and outplaying its opponent in the second half of the contest.

"No quit -- they're fighters," Kinberger said. "They are not going to walk out of here without a W, that's for sure."

Rockhurst (2-6) played the Tigers even until the bottom of the fourth in Game 1. Kinberger, bent on one knee, huddled with her players. Senior first baseman Danie Brinkmann led off the bottom of the fourth when she ripped a single off the center field wall on the fly.

"Sometimes in situations like that, they really hoped to come out and jump on them fast in front of their home crowd," Kinberger said. "Then all of a sudden, that doesn't happen, and then kids start to go a little flat-footed. So, just talking to them about staying in it, trust yourself, it's going to happen."

Beltz, moved to DP this season, crushed a first-pitch homer to deep left-center for a 2-0 lead, her first homer of the season. In the fifth, FHSU tacked on four runs on four singles and two walks against losing pitcher Bridgette Sappington.

"I know I went up to the plate with the mentality that we were going to get it done that inning, that we were going to start something," Beltz said. "I am glad that I was the person that could help that out. Danie getting on base definitely helped that out too."

Sophomore starting pitcher Paxton Duran (4-0) pitched a complete game and ended the contest with a three-run walk-off homer in the sixth to left field. It marked the second homer of Duran's career.

"Paxton is a great hitter, great pitcher," Kinberger said. "Here at Fort Hays, we have always allowed our pitchers to hit. If you win the one through nine, then you are going to be that girl, so she has done that."

In Game 2, FHSU and Rockhurst were tied 2-2 entering the bottom of the fourth. This time, Dobson doubled off the left field wall, her third double of the day.  Sophomore center fielder Amanda Vaupel delivered a sacrifice bunt. Rockhurst threw to third base and everyone was safe.

After a groundout and walk, senior shortstop Kellsi Olsen hit a sacrifice fly and freshman Samantha Villarreal, pinch-hitting for senior Bianca Adame, delivered a two-RBI single to center for a 5-2 lead. Villarreal had been 0-of-3 in her collegiate career before the hit. Vaupel added a solo homer in the sixth. Junior Kelsey Kimminau (2-1) collected the victory and senior Katlyn Kern earned her second save.

"She was the girl for the moment, and like I have told all of them, those moments are going to come up and I am going to roll with my gut, and that's who we chose in that moment," Kinberger said of Villarreal. "Really, really excited for her."

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